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Brazil: plane crashes, seven victims

The aircraft apparently broke into three sections while in flight

Dramatic fatal plane crash in Brazil. A private Piper PA-46/350P "Malibu Mirage" aircraft (registration PS-MTG) with seven people on board crashed on Sunday 28 January near the town of Itapeva, in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. All occupants of the aircraft, which was destroyed, died.

According to a first reconstruction of the accident, the aircraft had taken off from Campinas-Amarais airport, with destination the "Carlos Drummond de Andrade" airport of Belo Horizonte-Pampulha. During the flight, for reasons still under investigation, a structural failure occurred on board, then the aircraft fall to the ground. Among the causes: possible adverse weather conditions.

Brazilian civil police and firefighters reported that the plane disintegrated in the air before crashing to the ground, which occurred around 10:36 am. On board there were five passengers (two men, two women, a child) and two crew members (pilot and co-pilot). The aircraft apparently broke into three sections while in flight.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency